The Story is Almost Told Runrig’s finale

 
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The Story is Almost Told Runrig’s finale

 

 

The Story is Almost Told Runrig’s finale, well the last studio album! produced by the band’s youngest member, keyboard player, Brian HurrenRunrig are embarking on their final tour during February, and this album is Runrig playing their music with hearts firmly on their sleeves as they take us on an emotionally charged roller coaster.

Opening with the title track, released as a single sung by Rory in Gaelic, and then like  a flower blooming the music bursts with a buoyant chorus, the guitars swell and the dance beat ensures everyone’s feet are tapping with unadulterated delight.  The Story needs to be listened to as the tale unfolds and the music acts as the wallpaper of the events providing an atmospheric opening for the album. Runrig are Scottish Folk through and through every cadence, note and tonal shape are evocative of Scottish landscape and grittiness and determination of a nations psyche.  If music was a colour this album is a blending of the heather tones of Harris Tweed and the bold confidence of Tartans.
Every track fits together weaving a tonal story. Elegythe simplicity of its piano opening calms the soul and gives the listener room to reflect, the shortest track yet full of power that lingers. The Years We Shared is a novel captured in just under four minutes, a journey into the unknown, pathways to be explored friendships and relationships. With its title it will have fans remembering the happy moments they have shared with Runrig.
The album is drenched in nostalgia but not drowning as The Story has a freshness the tracks are relevant for today and leave you wanting to hear more. The Story is full of pomp and purpose there is a majesty in the production and orchestration reflecting the use of the 32- piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; nothing drowns anything out every note has a purpose and creates a sonic mood that lives in the ear long after the last  note fades away.
The tempo waxes and wanes throughout reflecting any story with highs and lows, we reach the uplands and summer with 18th July, the mood lightens the melody is full of fresh air warmth, this is inspired folk music. The Story is almost told Runrig’s finale; if this is to be the final album and the final tour then Runrig have gone out on a zenith the music certainly touches your heart and soul and moves high into the sky. With its feel of Scottish folk, Somewhere, is the perfect closing track with its emotional yearning and a lush tonal backdrop; I am sure many a tear will be shed as the notes fade away on the album and especially on their final tour. Runrig’s music will live long and strong thanks to wonderful production and the musical journey The Story takes us on.

The Story, Runrig Ridge Records – Release Date 29th January

Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. One Story
  2. Onar
  3. Rise and Fall
  4. Elegy
  5. Every Beating Heart
  6. The Years We Shared
  7. When The Beauty
  8. 18th July
  9. An-Duigh Ghabh Mi Cuairt
  10. The Place Where the River Runs
  11. Somewhere

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King King Tour Dates 2016

KIng Yin

King King Tours UK 2016

Not once or twice but three times before midsummer day

 

King King Thunder

Tickets HERE

 


King King with special guest Laurence Jones

9th March Liverpool – Epstein Theatre

10th March Bristol – The Fleece

11th March Kendal – Brewery Arts Centre

12th March Crewe – The Box

17th March Cardiff – The Globe

18th March Holmfirth – Picturedome

19th March Stockton – The Arc

Tickets HERE

King King repeating the success of having Laurence Jones again this March – we went to teh Globe and it was fun will be repeating again this year why? read what we said – HERE
Laurence Jones last album was a hit with Bluesdoodles read HERE


King King with very special guest Dan Patlansky

 MAY 2016 UK TOUR

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Award-winning Blues Rock band King King announce in association with Planet Rock radio a new nationwide UK tour for May 2016. King King always deliver –  read here what we said HERE. In addition to the award-winning Blues Rock of King King, inviting special guest South African guitarist Dan Patlansky, to open for King King. Patlansky, has won many plaudits opening for Joe Satriani across Europe and the UK recently – read about this HERE.

photo credit Laurence Harvey
photo credit Laurence Harvey

King King with two recent radio hit singles on Planet Rock with the songs Crazy and Hurricane, and a recent nomination for Best New Band at this year’s Classic Rock Awards, King King are going from strength to strength.

Their third studio album, Reaching for the Light, has been championed by dozens of music magazines and is a firm favourite at Bluesdoodles why “King King have nailed it with this album of platinum proportions” – read the rest HERE. In the New Year the band will record a full electric session for Paul Jones Blues Show on BBC Radio 2.

photo credit Stephen Fourie
photo credit Stephen Fourie

Dan Patlansky has been winning fans in the U.K. where ever he picks up his guitar. April 2015, Dear Silence

Thieves was finally released in the UK, and Dan supported the release by touring the UK and was welcomed with open arms by the British rock and blues press with rave reviews and accolades including Bluesdoodles HERE.

Exciting follow-up album  to Dear Silence Thieves, INTRO-VERTIGO release date April 2016 just in time for this tour with King King!

Inglorious – Rock with new video and tour

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Inglorious – Rock with new video and tour

British classic hard rock band INGLORIOUS have launched the official music video for their forthcoming single Until I Die.  The single is taken from the eponymous debut album released by Frontiers Music SRL on Friday 19 February 2016.

 

Watch the video here:

Fans can pre-order the album from either iTunes or Amazon, and get a free track of the song Breakaway, plus the new single Until I Die.  Pre-order the album on iTunes: HERE Pre-order the album on Amazon: HERE

 

INGLORIOUS are being championed by Queen’s Brian May who recently told the band, “You guys really do look like a potent young Deep Purple but with a new slant – very Classic! “The musicianship is stunning. Good luck with it all – I’m sure you will do great. Amazing vocals, by the way!”

 

INGLORIOUS will support their debut album by supporting The Winery Dogs on their European tour from 29 January until 17 February, followed by their official album launch concert a London’s Islington Assembly Hall on Sunday 21st February.

photo credit - Nedim Nazerali
photo credit – Nedim Nazerali

INGLORIOUS are being hailed as one of the UK’s heaviest new hard rock bands to emerge from the British underground scene.  Originally formed in February 2014, the band is fronted by Nathan James, who made a name for himself having sung for the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Scorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth.  Inspired by musical giants such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Bad Company, Aerosmith, the band’s song Breakaway has already found its way on to UK rock radio.    the other members of Inglorious are Wil Taylor (rhythm guitarist),Andreas Eriksson (lead guitarist), Colin Parkinson (bass) and Phil Beaver (drums).

 

INGLORIOIUS special guests on

THE WINERY DOGS’  European Tour 2016

Esseigfabrik – Cologne, Germany                             Jan 29

Kulturfabrik – Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg      Jan 30

O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK            Jan 31

O2 Academy – Bristol, UK                                             Feb 2

O2 Ritz – Manchester, UK                                             Feb 4

O2 Institute – Birmingham, UK                                   Feb 5

Trabendo – Paris, France                                               Feb 6

Kate Antzokia – Bilbao, Spain                                     Feb 8

Joe Eslava – Madrid, Spain                                           Feb 9

Apolo – Barcelona, Spain                                              Feb 10

Crossroads – Rome, Italy                                               Feb 12

Z7 – Prattelin, Switzerland                                           Feb 13

Backstage Halle – Munich, Germany                       Feb 15

Majestic Music Club – Bratislava, Slovakia            Feb 16

Barba Negra – Budapest, Hungary                            Feb 17

 

INGLORIOIUS Official Album Launch Concert

Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK                      Feb 21

Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus Tour 2016

Ian Siegal Jimbo Mathus

Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus Tour 2016 – UK DATES:

May 17 Worthing – Southern Pavilion
May 18 Havant – Spring Arts Centre
May 19 Leicester – The Musician
May 20 Lowdham – Village Hall
May 21 Selby – Town hall
May 22 Newcastle – The Cluny
May 25 Bristol – The Tunnels
May 26 Stroud – The Convent
May 27 Ottley – Courthouse
May 28 Sheffield – Greystones
May 29 London – The Green Note (two shows)
May 31 Bilston – Robin2
June 01 Cheltenham – Vonnies Blues Club
June 02 Aldershot – West End Arts Centre
June 03 Whitstable – The Duke

CONTINENTAL EUROPE: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Slovenia. Soon to be announced.

Ian Siegal and Jimbo Mathus On Tour 

A flavour of what to expect from these two masters of blues and roots Americana when they tour the UK and Europe together in 2016

Delighted to say that I will be touring again with Jimbo Mathus in 2016 – a long tour starting in April and finishing in June. The UK end of the tour has been announced, which runs May to June. Shows in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland and Slovenia to be announced soon. Will also be releasing an album recorded on the last tour I did with Jimbo. Watch this space for details.

Ian Siegal and Jimbo Mathus will play some 40 shows across Europe in the period 22 April to 4 June 2016. This follows their successful first tour together in 2014. Ahead of touring the duo are releasing a 21-track album recorded during the debut tour.

If your musical preference is a combination of rootsy blues and folk Americana, delivered with irreverent humour and nuggets of folklore, then look no further. This transatlantic duo of multi-award winners ticks all the boxes, combining the talents of Europe’s leading contemporary Bluesman with the Grammy-nominated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Mississippi.

For devotees of blues and Americana on this side of the Atlantic, Ian Siegal needs no introduction. He’s the eight-times British Blues Awards winner, three-times European Blues Awards winner, and two-times US Blues Music Awards nominee. He’s sung with the prestigious Orchestre National de Jazz in Paris, played in more than 40 countries, and among his latest albums is a BBC recording made at London’s Royal Albert Hall. His accolades include two from MOJO magazine for Best Blues Album of the Year. Ian is the only non-American to achieve this distinction.

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Read what Bluesdoodles said when they toured in 2014 – “Ian, Jimbo and guitars…… musical fun when delivered with confidence, feeling and a twist if that devil magic”.  HERE

Michael Schenker’s ~ Communion and Tour Dates

Photo Credit: © Steve Brinkman
Photo Credit: © Steve Brinkman

Michael Schenker’s ~ Communion and Tour Dates

Single and New Video released – Communion, the second track on Michael Schenker’s Spirit on A Mission; an album full of rock guitar energized as the light and dark of music is shaped and explored.  The single is rock that has layers of texture and tone as the funky hot and humid guitar work is overlaid with an infusion of blues. Communion connects and reflects Schenker’s band name Temple of Rock it is a communication through music blending, stirring and pleasing! A taster for what the album offers from a band on a mission!

 

The January 2016 UK tour will feature Schenker’s “Temple of Rock” band, comprising ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), and ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White.

MICHAEL SCHENKER’S
TEMPLE OF ROCK

JANUARY 2016 UK TOUR

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Photo Credit: © Ross Halfin
Photo Credit: © Ross Halfin

BILSTON, ROBIN  ~ WEDNESDAY 20th JANUARY 2016
Box Office: 01902 401211  or Book Online: HERE 

HOLMFIRTH, PICTUREDROME ~ THURSDAY 21st JANUARY 2016
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE 

EDINBURGH, QUEEN’S HALL ~ FRIDAY 22nd JANUARY 2016
Box Office: 0131 668 2019 or Book Online: HERE

INVERNESS, IRON WORKS ~ SATURDAY 23rd JANUARY 2016
Box Office: 0871 7894173 or Book Online: HERE

GATESHEAD, SAGE ~ MONDAY 25th JANUARY 2016
Box Office: 0191 443 4661 or Book Online: HERE

LIVEPOOL, ACADEMY ~ TUESDAY 26th JANUARY 2016
Box Office: 0844 477 2000 or Book Online: HERE

MANCHESTER, ACADEMY 2 ~ THURSDAY 28th JANUARY 2016
Box Office: 0161 275 2930 or Book Online: HERE

NOTTINGHAM, ROCK CITY ~ FRIDAY 29th JANUARY 2016
Box Office: 0845 413 4444 or Book Online: HERE

ISLINGTON, ASSEMBLY HALL ~ SATURDAY 30th JANUARY 2016
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Rob Richings chatting with Bluesdoodles

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Big thank you to Rob Richings for chatting with Bluesdoodles

 

BD: We catch you on a break in your current touring
RR: Tom Baxter is great fun to open for and this is the second time so it must be working, just completed three dates in Scotland and have further dates through November with Tom and one opening once again with Fisherman Friends. Fisherman Friends from Port Issac is a very different style of music it is an unusual combination it seems to work the crowd gets my music and the auditorium is warmed up for the main act. Tom Baxter has fantastic guitar skills and his support has been fantastic.
BD See end of interview for dates and links to venues
BD: I see you close your touring at The Convent on the 21st what are your plans for the rest of 2015 and beyond?
RR: Busy time ahead day after the last show I am off to Sydney to record my album – (BD: wow why Sydney?) I met the producer in Paris of the band Passenger, well and so off to a studio in Australia. I went over in August and did the pre-production so will be spending a solid ten days concentrating on finishing the album. I have got to nail it whilst in Austrialia so giving it 100%.
BD: So will you be using session musicians?
RR: Yes, happy to use session musicians to shape the tones on the album. My shows are not about reproducing recorded material I prefer the stripped back form for my live act.

BD: We have talked about the excitement of the album, you currently have a EP Half Way Up.
RR: The EP is four tracks that all work well together and are a taster for the main event. The album will be all new material as we go forward I have plenty of material so no need to duplicate.
BD: So what inspires you as a song writer?
RR: I tend to use real life experiences, I was quite ill for a while with major surgery having survived and come out the other side I have lots of material. I also people watch, sit back and observe what is going on around me. I do not have Colitis any more after a series of serious operations and surviving the cancer caused by the Colitis. I spent a long time in hospital. I got over it and music helped my recovery, gained lots of inspiration and my song writing improved so there were some positives.
BD: How do you approach you writing is it lyrics then melody or the other way around?
RR: Happens both ways. Sometimes, it is a chord and the lyrics build around that. Or I find a line and build a song around the idea. I really think it is important to get the song across. I am never sure where the first line comes from. Yes there are formulas to shape a song but you need the inspiration when that hits the hard work begins as the song takes shape.
BD: What came first singing or the Guitar?
RR: Guitar is an important part but not the main it is underneath the songs that are the important part of my act. I am not a fancy guitar player but I am good at capturing the sound underneath the lyrics. I picked up the guitar around 12 or 13 and did covers of Nirvana and Brit Pop of the 90’s. I was self-taught and the covers developed my guitar skills.
BD: So who has influenced you?
RR: There have been lots of influences including Ron Sexsmith and Damon Albarn his music is immense across genres and has stood the test of time and of course Tom Baxter. I used to listen and watch Tom and always thought I would love to be asked to support him and it has happened.
BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing?
RR: It would be a trio of vocalists myself, Damon Albarn and Freddie Mercury – what a front man to have.

BD: Describe what an audience should expect from your singer/songwriter approach to music
RR: I am one man and a guitar with strong hooks into the lyrics that tell a tale. Simple guitar, strong words and I will often explain the song and background before singing to help connect with the audience.

Read what Bluesdoodles said about the excellent EP Half Way Up HERE and we are looking forward to the album out in 2016.

Sneak preview then catch him live before Rob Riching sis off to Australia

Tour Dates
13th – St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings (Fishermans Friends support)
19th – Phoenix, Exeter (Tom Baxter support)
20th – Railway (Attic), Winchester (Tom Baxter support)
21st – Convent Club, Stroud (Tom Baxter support)

The Grahams @ The Convent, Stroud via Netgig

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The Grahams The Convent, Stroud via Netgig.

 

 

Once again Bluesdoodles was not disappointed with the service via The Convent website –  a couple of clicks, payment made and the link to access the show was in my inbox.

Copyright Photographer Mark Jarvis
Copyright Photographer Mark Jarvis

Now for the important bit;  was the show good?, did listening at home feel like a show reflecting the power of live music and the energy that The Graham’s always exude? – Yes! It is different but with a glass of wine and the discipline of silence this was the next best thing to live music.

Tonight as a trio The Grahams, Alyssa and Doug joined by percussionist Mike Meadow. They now based in Nashville and reflected in the sound created. Originally Doug and Alyssa were from New York and Mike is from Texas, these early influences form an integral bedrock to the musics. The music was Americana, a sound that is difficult to capture in a few words, it is an artful blending of all the roots of American music, African, British folk and native American swirling the sounds and textures add a generous pitch of American can do and country attitude that is the magic of Americana.

This was a show that revolved around three sonic sounds the crystal smooth tones of Alyssa’s vocals, the mid tones of Doug’s guitar, whether slide or picked and the National had a beautiful depth of tone and the bass provided by a snare and array of percussive sounds from Mike creating a tumbling musical movement that shaped itself around the strong lyrics the very purpose for the musical backdrop. Every song had a story, meaning reflecting the travels and adventures that often occurred on the extensive rail journeys around USA.  As The Grahams said “There is a special connection between American folk music and the railroad that has no parallel elsewhere in the world. Rail lines stitch together the sprawling fabric of American song. As writers of Americana music, our goal is to draw on the deep, recurring sources of American folk culture, giving them new shape.”  Tonight was an opportunity to hear a selection of songs from their current album Glory Bound they have been involved in a documentary Rattle the Hocks (released digitally) filmed on the move and in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak’s famed City of New Orleans train, produced and directed by Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, which chronicles their train-bound excursions and the influence of train travel on American roots music.

We were informed about Southern biscuits before hearing a absorbing live version of the suitably titled number Biscuits as well as Blow Wind Blow and Lay Me Down. The tonal tapestry changed with slower numbers more reflective and those that conjured up a barn and  a line dance full of energy and the beat to get your body on the move. The Grahams have a style that is full of warmth and a generosity of spirit that ensured the audience were happy to join in making it music in the round.

The grahamsGrahams in The Convent definitely entertained,delighting the crowd with their contemporary Americana sound that is without doubt infectious music that is Glory Bound.  Read what we said about the album HERE

The Grahams – UK & Ireland Tour – November 2015 still a chance to catch them live…
Wednesday 11th – The Musician, Leicester
Thursday 12th – The Met (Studio), Bury
Friday 13th – Private House Party
Saturday 14th – The Con Club, Lewis
Tuesday 17th – Levis Corner House, Balleyhob, Co. Cork
Wednesday 18th – Dolan’s, Limerick
Thursday 19th – Monroe’s Live, Galway
Friday 20th – The Errigle Inn, Belfast
Saturday 21st Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Ireland

 

British Liver Trust Patron – Walter Trout

Photo Credit Greg Waterman
Photo Credit Greg Waterman

Walter Trout becomes a Patron of the British Liver Trust

He has been given the gift of life and now he wants to help others
 “I’m only still here because someone donated their liver” Walter Trout

You can find out more info on the British Liver Trust, become a doner and get a free download of the song Move On HERE

Walter received a liver transplant after nearly facing death in 2014. He now feels like a new man and has immense gratitude for his supporters, his donor and the medical community who gave him a second chance at life. Recognizing that liver disease is a ‘silent killer’ and many people are unaware of it until it is too late, he has become a Patron of the Trust because he wants to help raise awareness, much needed funding and encourage everyone to ensure that their loved ones know their wishes regarding becoming a donor.  Walter is supporting the Trust in his upcoming November UK tour.

His new album Battle Scars, released on Provogue/Mascot Label Group chronicles his battle with liver failure.  Walter found out that he had liver disease in 2013. His health deteriorated and he almost died. He spent a month in intensive care and then a further five months on a liver ward first waiting for a transplant and then recovering after surgery.  His fans – many of them from England – used the internet to support Walter and help him raise $250,000 needed to help towards his medical bills for his liver transplant in 2014.

Liver disease is currently the third commonest cause of premature death in the UK – more than 12 million of us are at risk of liver disease yet we have very few resources compared with other conditions. With more funding into better research and care and by encouraging many more people to become a donor we can save more people’s lives. Without the funding that supports research and new developments in care and without people agreeing to donate their organs, Walter would not be alive today. He now feels he wants to give something back and raise awareness for the condition.

“I am delighted that Walter Trout has agreed to support the British Liver Trust and become our Patron.” Said Andrew Langford, Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust. “As Walter knows it is a silent killer and by the time that you have the symptoms it can often be too late. I would urge everyone to take the British Liver Trust’s free online Love Your Liver health screener on our website to see if you are at risk. Please also make sure that your loved ones know your wishes regarding organ donation and consider joining Walter in supporting us.”

Talking about his involvement with the trust, Walter opens up; “Liver disease almost cost me my life. The disease progressively drained me of my life force until I was on the verge of death. A miraculous liver transplant allowed me to survive and thrive once again. I owe my life to the research and development in the medical field around treatment of liver diseases. I am happy to work with the British Liver Trust to promote awareness about the silent killer among us. I am thrilled because new treatments are emerging at the moment, and to help raise awareness around this, and to empower people to seek treatment, is something I feel privileged to do.”

At the end of each of each show on the tour, there will be leaflets at the merchandise booth with more information, where Walter will also be signing records.

READ why we gave Battle Scars a perfect 10 – HERE

Walter will be touring the UK on the following dates:

Walter is touring the U.K. during November
UK Dates

Tues 17 November – Stockton, Arc
Weds 18 November – Glasgow, ABC
Fri 20 November – Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Sat 21 November – London, Forum
Tues 24 November – Leamington, Assembly
Weds 25 November – Frome, Cheese & Grain

Wild Ponies ~ Things That Used To Shine Album & Tour

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Things That Used To Shine

 

 

 

Wild Ponies, Things That Used To Shine is unapologetically rooted in a Nashville country sound, but their musical fingertips and vocals cross boundaries fearlessly creating a sound that is not boxed in and is country inspired Americana. Why the name Wild Ponies for the now Nashville-based duo, it is from the small-but-mighty animal that roams their native Virginia highlands capturing their independent spirit.

The songs have an earthiness and often a darker side to ensure your interest is gained and retained. Opening with Make You Mine, with a an interesting swirling intro and then Telisha’s beguiling vocals as she defines that meeting family and friends is not wanted just I Want You this is dark and full of carnal desire fuelling the song – is it even a love song?; as she lays down her terms with purpose and intent. The title track is full of country musical colours and would be perfect for any hoe-down and even to grace the stage Grand Ole Opry. Iris half way through has a simple guitar and gentle mood but listen as the tale is dark and the tale is strong enough to be a novel, cleverly captured in four minutes proving the power of lyrics in a song. The tempo varies and Broken is upbeat with a country twang and a dance beat that has an infectious quality.

This is a duo in the making the music is full of textures and tones and they can deliver a sound that changes reflecting the lyrics that drive the songs as shown on Love Is Not A Sin as they harmonise and sing with a simplicity that has a purity.

The album was released in 2013, and is receiving renewed attention as the duo are touring the U.K. in November 2015. Things That Used to Shine produced by Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris etc.); reflecting inspiration behind the duo’s music. Another album is due out in 2016 and it will be fascinating to see how this duo has developed the style and promise shown on this debut album.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD SIX pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

1. Make You Mine
2. The Truth Is
3. Trigger
4. Things That Used To Shine
5. Trouble Looks Good On You
6. Iris
7. Valentine’s Day
8. Massey’s Run
9. Want To Be Gone
10. Broken
11. Revival Wasteland
12. Another Chance
13. Love Is Not A Sin

Wild Ponies – November 2015 UK Tour
Doug & Telisha Williams with Tobias Humble on drums

Fri 6 Scarborough (TBC) TBC
Sat 7 Leeds Seven Arts
Sun 8 Twickenham Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch co-headline with Amelia Curran
Mon 9 Brighton The Greys
Tues 10 East Grinstead Dorset Arms
Weds 11 Sheffield Greystones
Thurs 12 Didcot Cornerstone Art Centre
Fri 13 Launceston Café No. 8
Sat 14 Elford, nr. Lichfield Elford Village Hall
Mon 16 Formby Cafe D’Art, Grateful Fred’s

CD Review: Walter Trout ~ Battle Scars

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Battle Scars
Provogue/Mascot Label Group

Walter Trout’s, Battle Scars is an album that narrates a journey few have been on and even less people have reached the other side, no wonder the album is dark, heartfelt and uplifting it is stunning in every dimension. The album opens with a slow darkly intense number Almost Gone. The swampy music is laden with impending doom, is reflective with lyrics redolent with emotion and the melody guitar driven that has the urgency running deep with impending doom. The guitar gains vigour and the drum beats out the rhythm on Omaha as Walter sings “Give me your hand…” the story unfolds and the listener is immersed in the story – if this was a book it would be a gripping page turner, the advantage of a music led narrative you are slowed down by the pace of the beat and the length of each track be patient enjoy the blues and wait for the next chapter. Half way through and a slow urban driven blues number that is drenched in fear and sorrow Take Me Home is a heart wrenching blues ballad that is perfectly formed. The beat picks up as we are held way through with a new urgency a feeling of positivity is creeping in Playin’ Hideway and again it is the lyrics and guitar that dominates and works so well. Every track has an emotional driver that the guitar takes a slower swampy vibe, Haunted by the Night you feel in a dark place as the Devil of blues music is interspersed through the lyrics as Walter sings “I am too tired to fight, darkness all round me…” and then the electric energy of Fly Away with some scorching guitar licks. A switch to acoustic guitar and a number sung directly to you and Walter’s voice is full of power and gratitude Gonna Live Again and the story is almost told. Closing the album with his voice on Sammy Sammy for a few seconds Walter Trout is back producing wonderful music.

Walter Trout’s guitar playing is sublime the lyrics drenched in personal experience giving them power through authenticity. This is an album that captures, telling a story in best blues tradition and the glimmer of hope grows as Battle Scars progress. Compelling listening that will stand the test of time reflecting the battle won as Walter didn’t die last year and Battle Scars is a testimony of the journey Walter, Marie and his family have been on; changing them forever.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

1. Almost Gone
2. Omaha Prelude
3. Omaha
4. Tomorrow Seems Far Away
5. Please Take Me Home
6. Playin’ Hideaway
7. Haunted By The Night
8. Fly Away
9. Move On
10. My Ship Came In
11. Cold, Cold Ground
12. Gonna Live Again
13. Sammy, Sammy

Walter is touring the U.K. during November
UK Dates

Tues 17 November – Stockton, Arc
Weds 18 November – Glasgow, ABC
Fri 20 November – Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Sat 21 November – London, Forum
Tues 24 November – Leamington, Assembly
Weds 25 November – Frome, Cheese & Grain